Indore has once again bagged the award for being India’s cleanest city as President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday announced the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards. This is the fifth time in a row the city in Madhya Pradesh has won the award in the sixth edition of the event.
Surat in Gujarat, which grabbed the second spot in the cleanest cities’ list last year, has retained its position this year as well. Meanwhile, Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh has bagged the third position as the list. In 2020, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra was hailed as the third cleanest city in India.
Chhattisgarh has been awarded cleanest state in the annual cleanliness survey while Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has won the cleanest Ganga town in the Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards.
Taking to Twitter, Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri congratulated Indore and its “people, political leadership and municipal corporation,” among others.
A total of 4,320 cities participated in the 2021 edition of the Swachh Survekshan.
The cities are usually rated using a star system and this year, 342 cities, an increase from 56 in 2018, would be given certificates under some star rating. This includes nine five-star cities, 166 three-star cities, 167 one-star cities.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union minister of housing and urban affairs, minister of state Kaushal Kishore, chief ministers and urban development ministers, 1,200 guests comprising diplomats, state and city administrators and senior officials, sector partners, and brand ambassadors, NGOs, and CSOs were present during the award ceremony.
Last year, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot and Surat (Gujarat), Mysore (Karnataka), Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra), and Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh) were given five-star ratings.